It is indeed late on a Friday afternoon here in Indianapolis. The end of a very long week has finally come to a close. But you are not done. You still have work to do. Of course you are a little tired and irritable, you have spent a lot of hours at your desk or on the floor getting things done. In fact, you know that by Monday you will be piled high again. The business is a little short-staffed. Times still are not like they were and you are very lucky to have a job. You tell yourself you have no choice. But the stress is getting to you.
There are indeed choices, and you can do a number of things to manage everything on your plate. It is the steadiest of stressors that creates the most havoc is us mentally and physically. Think of what is challenging you the most and try these ways to manage stress:
- Being organized: It is important to plan and schedule your work day. When the unexpected happens you can stop and start again with the task at hand.
- Take a break: Even just a minute away from the desk top or the phone will give you some renewed energy to get back into it.
- Focus on the positives: When the day is full of almost overwhelming responsibility, think of all the good things you have accomplished. Your value to yourself is important.
- Device disease: No one has to be constantly hooked up to an electrical device. You do not have to react to every e-mail, text, tweet or post in real time. Answer your e-mails in the morning and after lunch so you can focus on process and results.
- Sleep: Everyone can use a good night’s sleep. When you see a tired person in the mirror pay attention to it and try to get a well-deserved night’s rest.
- Use the road: The time to and from work can be relaxing with your favorite e-book or music in the background. Use the commute as a time for you.
Stress can be managed with the right focus. There are situations, events, illness, even Mondays that aggravate the normalcy we need and want, but as Mr. Carnegie once said in his classic, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, “(Have a) deep, driving desire to learn, and a vigorous determination to stop worrying and start living!”
Although it is a quote from 1944, it is true in 2012 as well.
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